Former UND baseball player shot in Las Vegas rampage
Former UND baseball player Andrew Gudmunson of Minot was shot and injured Sunday night in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd, killing at least 59 and injuring more than 500. Gudmunson had one surgery Monday and more are ahead,...
Former UND baseball player Andrew Gudmunson of Minot was shot and injured Sunday night in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd, killing at least 59 and injuring more than 500.
Gudmunson had one surgery Monday and more are ahead, according to UND.
"One of our own, former UND baseball and football player Andrew Gudmunson, was among the injured in Las Vegas," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "We're told he is out of surgery, stable and conscious, but more surgery ahead. Please keep Andrew and his family in your thoughts."
Gudmunson works for Century 21 Action Realtors in Minot. His company posted at about 11:30 a.m. on Facebook: “A quick update on Andrew. He is out of surgery and has opened his eyes and wiggled his toes. The doctors are very optimistic that he will be fine. He is currently in stable condition. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.”
Gudmunson graduated from Minot High School in 2005 after being named all-state four times in baseball. As a senior, he led Minot to the state title, batting .467, while going 6-1 with a 1.17 earned-run average on the mound.
Gudmunson attended the University of Nebraska as a freshman, then transferred to UND. He played baseball from 2007-10.
“You never wake up in the morning thinking you’re going to hear something like this about someone you know,” said Jeff Dodson, UND’s former baseball coach. “People go out to have a good time and listen to music and socialize and something like this happens. You can’t put it into words. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with Goody and his family and his relatives and everyone else who was affected by this in such a tragic way.”
Gudmunson played a number of roles for the baseball team. He pitched, played first base, third base and outfield. He hit over .300 as a sophomore and a senior.
Gudmunson also spent a year on the UND football team as a quarterback.
Head football coach Bubba Schweigert started his weekly press conference Monday talking about the incident.
“I want to begin today by addressing the tragedy out in Las Vegas that involved a former student-athlete, a multi-sport athlete, Andrew Gudmunson, who has personal relationships with some members of our staff and I was able to meet him at alumni functions,” Schweigert said. “We sure have he and his family in our thoughts and prayers today.”
While in Grand Forks, Gudmunson also volunteered as an assistant coach with a youth baseball team in town.
“He is a tough kid, your typical hard-working, grind-it-out North Dakota kid,” Dodson said. “He battled a lot of injuries in his career and I think that’s going to help him get through this situation as well.”
The shooting occurred outside Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, where country star Jason Aldean was performing. Las Vegas police say the lone shooter, a 64-year-old man, is dead.
"Thinkin bout u Goody," former UND assistant baseball coach Brian DeVillers tweeted. "A part of the @UND_Baseball family & hospitalized due to the unthinkable madness in Vegas."
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